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European Tax Awards 2020: Shortlist announced

The awards will be announced on May 21

The shortlist for the ITR European Tax Awards 2020 has been announced.

The winners of the ITR European Tax Awards 2020 will be revealed on our website on May 21 at 2pm BST.

The ITR European Tax Awards have taken place annually since 2005 and recognise remarkable achievements and developments by international tax professionals from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region over a 12-month period.

Aside from the national awards in more than 30 jurisdictions, there are also awards in regional, individual and in-house categories for the best performers. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s winners of the European Tax Awards will be announced and published online on May 21 at 2pm BST.

ITR’s head of business development Jamil Ahad will contact firms and individuals in due course.



If you have any questions about the shortlist or research, please contact our team at editorial@internationaltaxreview.com. For the deals and cases awards, we strive to mention all the firms that took part in each deal. If your firm has been omitted, please contact ITR's editorial team



Our thoughts are with our readers and others affected by the pandemic.



National Awards

Africa Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

ENSafrica

EY

Olaniwun Ajayi

PwC

Webber Wentzel



Africa Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

BDO

Deloitte

DLA Piper

ENSafrica

EY

PwC



Austria Tax Firm of the Year

bpv Hügel

CERHA HEMPEL

Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

ICON



Austria Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

bpv Hügel

Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

ICON

TPA Group



Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year

Cobalt

Deloitte

Sorainen, WTS Global

TGS Baltic

Walless



Baltic States Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BDO

Deloitte

EY

Sorainen, WTS Global

TGS Baltic



Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Loyens & Loeff



Belgium Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Loyens & Loeff

Stibbe



CEE Tax Firm of the Year

CMS

Deloitte

EY, EY Bulgaria

White & Case

WTS Alfery, WTS Global



CEE Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BMB Partners, Taxand Slovakia

CMS

Deloitte

EY, EY Bulgaria / EY Romania

Taxhouse, Taxand Romania



CIS States Tax Firm of the Year

Arzinger & Partners

Caspian Legal Center

EY

Legaltax

Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners



Cyprus Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Elias Neocleous & Co

EY

Harris Kyriakides

Taxatelier



Cyprus Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Elias Neocleous & Co

EY

Taxatelier




Denmark Tax Firm of the Year

Bruun & Hjejle

CORIT Advisory

Deloitte

KPMG

Plesner



Denmark Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Bjørnholm Law

Bruun & Hjejle

Deloitte

EY

Plesner



Finland Tax Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Borenius

Deloitte

Hannes Snellman

Roschier



Finland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Alder & Sound

Borenius

Deloitte

EY

Roschier



France Tax Firm of the Year

Arsene Taxand

Baker McKenzie

Bredin Prat

Clifford Chance

Deloitte | Taj

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mayer Brown



France Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arsene Taxand

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte | Taj

Dentons

EY

LPA - CGR Avocats

Mayer Brown



Germany Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mayer Brown

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

WTS Germany



Germany Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Dentons

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Mayer Brown

NERA Economic Consulting

Oppenhoff & Partner

WTS Germany



Greece Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Dryllerakis & Associates

EY

Koutalidis Law Firm

Zepos & Yannopoulos



Greece Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Dryllerakis & Associates

EY

Zepos & Yannopoulos



Hungary Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Jalsovszky Law Firm

WTS Klient



Hungary Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

OrienTax Consulting

WTS Klient



Ireland Tax Firm of the Year

A&L Goodbody

Arthur Cox

Deloitte

Matheson

William Fry



Ireland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

Maples Group

Matheson

William Fry



Israel Tax Firm of the Year

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Gornitzky & Co

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Yaron-Eldar Paller Schwartz & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co



Italy Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

BonelliErede

Chiomenti

Clifford Chance

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Ludovici Piccone & Partners

Maisto e Associati



Italy Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

BonelliErede

Deloitte

Hager & Partners

KPMG

Maisto e Associati

Valente Associati GEB Partners/Crowe Valente



Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Arendt & Medernach

Deloitte

KPMG

Loyens & Loeff



Luxembourg Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Arendt & Medernach

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

KPMG

Loyens & Loeff



Malta Tax Firm of the Year

Avanzia Taxand

Camilleri Preziosi

Deloitte

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

WH Partners



Middle East Tax Firm of the Year

Al Tamimi & Co

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

PwC

WTS Dhruva Consultants



Middle East Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Al Tamimi & Co

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

PwC

WTS Dhruva Consultants



Netherlands Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Houthoff

Loyens & Loeff

Stibbe



Netherlands Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Atlas Tax Lawyers, WTS Global

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Grant Thornton

Houthoff

Loyens & Loeff



Norway Tax Firm of the Year

BAHR

Deloitte

KPMG

PwC

Thommessen



Norway Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

BAHR

Deloitte

EY

PwC

Thommessen



Poland Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Crido Taxand

Deloitte

Dentons

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak



Poland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

CMS

Crido Taxand

Deloitte

Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic & Partnerzy



Portugal Tax Firm of the Year

Abreu Advogados

Deloitte

KPMG

Morais Leitão

PLMJ

PwC

Vieira de Almeida



Portugal Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly

Deloitte

EY

Garrigues

KPMG

PwC

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho



Russia Tax Firm of the Year

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Deloitte

EY

FBK Legal

KPMG

Pepeliaev Group

PwC



Russia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dentons

EY

FBK Legal

KPMG

PwC



Spain Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Cuatrecasas

Deloitte

EY

Garrigues

KPMG

Uría Menéndez



Spain Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Garrigues

KPMG

Roca Junyent

Uría Menéndez



Sweden Tax Firm of the Year

EY

KPMG

Linklaters

Mannheimer Swartling

Svalner



Sweden Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

PwC

Skeppsbron Skatt



Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Lenz & Staehelin

Niederer Kraft Frey

Schellenberg Wittmer

Tax Partner, Taxand



Switzerland Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Loyens & Loeff

Schellenberg Wittmer

Tax Partner, Taxand



Turkey Tax Firm of the Year

Bezen & Partners

Centrum Auditing & Consulting

Deloitte

Esin Attorney Partnership

Nazali Attorney Partnership



Turkey Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Centrum Auditing & Consulting

Deloitte

Esin Attorney Partnership

EY

PwC



UK Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Slaughter & May

White & Case



UK Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

EY

FTI Consulting, WTS Global

Simmons & Simmons



Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year

Avellum

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

PwC

WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners



Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EUCON Legal Group

EY

WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners





Individual Awards

Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Tassos Anastassiadis, Platis Anastassiadis & Associates - EY

Hans Severin Hansen, Plesner

Vadim Medvedev, Avellum

Eric Meier, Baker McKenzie

Serena Cabrita Neto, PLMJ



Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Magdalena Marciniak, Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic & Partnerzy

Antonio Russo, Baker McKenzie

Mohamed Serokh, PwC

Stefano Simontacchi, BonelliErede 

Ronald van den Brekel, EY



Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Jackie Hess, Deloitte

Tiago Marreiros Moreira, Vieira de Almeida

Milen Raikov, EY

James Smith, Baker McKenzie

Tina Zetterlund, KPMG





In-house Awards

In-house Tax Team of the Year

Mastercard Orsted

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Technicolor

Zalando



In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

AB Volvo Aramex

DHL

Hitachi Automotive Systems Group

Syngenta

Zalando



In-house Indirect Tax Team of the Year

ABN Amro Bank BASF

Spotify



In-house Tax Director of the Year

Mathias Hildebrandt, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Jesper Anker Howes, Maersk Tankers

Marc Mokrab, Technicolor



In-house Transfer Pricing Director of the Year

Anders Allvin, AB Volvo

Patrycja Brzostowska, Zalando

Avni Dika, Syngenta



In-house Indirect Tax Director of the Year

Howard Hull, Al-Futtaim Group

Huub Stringer, ABN Amro Bank

Carolin Symmons, Spotify





Deals and Cases

Impact deals

  • Alawwal Bank/Saudi British Bank merger: Abuhimed Alsheikh & Alhagbani Law Firm; Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie; Clifford Chance; Dr Sultan Almasoud & Partners; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Khoshaim & Associates; Abdulaziz Al-Alajlan & Partners; Linklaters; PwC; Shearman & Sterling; Slaughter & May

  • Dassault Systèmes acquisition of Medidata: Clifford Chance; Bredin Prat; Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

  • E.ON acquisition of stake in Innogy: Allen & Overy; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gibson Dunn; Hengeler Mueller; Ihrig & Anderson; Linklaters; SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz

  • KKR acquisition of a stake in Axel Springer: Arnold; Allen & Overy; Deloitte; Flick Gocke Schaumburg; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Hengeler Mueller; Linklaters; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case

  • LVMH acquisition of Belmond: Baker McKenzie; Weil Gotshal & Manges

  • Naspers spin-off of MultiChoice Group: Webber Wentzel

  • Nexi IPO: BonelliErede; Bonn Steichen & Partners; Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; Legance; Linklaters; Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati; Weil Gotshal & Manges

  • Saudi Aramco IPO: Latham & Watkins; PwC; The Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan; The Law Office of Salman M Al-Sudairi; White & Case

  • Takeda acquisition of Shire: Arthur Cox; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Linklaters; Mourant Ozannes; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; PwC; Slaughter & May

  • Thales acquisition of Gemalto: Allen & Overy; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; NautaDutilh; Norton Rose Fulbright; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Impact cases

  • France vs. Google: Baker McKenzie

  • Denmark vs Microsoft Denmark: Kromann Reumert

  • Italy vs Agusta Holding: Di Tanno e Associati; Macchi Di Cellere Gangemi Offices 

  • N Luxembourg 1, X Denmark, C Danmark I and Z Denmark vs the Danish Ministry of Taxation: Arendt & Medernach; Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith; Kromann Reumert; Nielsen Nørager; Plesner

  • Netherlands v Commission/Starbucks Corp and Starbucks Manufacturing EMEA v Commission: Osborne Clarke

  • News UK v HMRC: Deloitte

  • Sasol Oil v CSARS: Webber Wentzel

  • Spain v Ikea: Vialegis Dutilh Abogados

  • Sweden v Absolut: EY

  • T Denmark and Y Denmark vs the Danish Ministry of Taxation: Arendt & Medernach; Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith; Kromann Reumert; Nielsen Nørager; Plesner


Regional Awards

Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, UK

Deloitte Finland

Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

Hansuke Consulting

KPMG in Sweden



US Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Mayer Brown

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

White & Case



Best Newcomer

Savov & Partners

Taxatelier

TransFair Pricing Solutions

Walless

WTS Dhruva Consultants



CJEU Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Cobalt

EY

Plesner

White & Case



Tax Innovator of the Year

Avellum

Deloitte

EY

Thomson Reuters

Vieira de Almeida



Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Avalara

Deloitte

EY

Taxamo

Thomson Reuters



Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

CMS

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

WTS Global



Tax Policy Firm of the Year

EY

PwC

The Best Friends network

Valente Associati GEB Partners/Crowe Valente

Vieira de Almeida



Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

DLA Piper

KPMG

PwC

WTS Global



Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

CMS

Deloitte

EY

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The Best Friends network

WTS Global



Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Deloitte EY KPMG Loyens & Loeff PwC WTS Global

Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Stibbe

The Best Friends network




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